The Time of Your Life
Do people who struggle with health problems as they age share biological similarities?
Percentage of Americans who die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes or Alzheimer’s, five of the most common diseases of aging — a group whose ailments might one day be treated by drugs that target an as-yet-unknown common underlying cause
Number of twins in a recent Danish study that found the greater the difference between how old each one looked to subjective assessors, the more likely the older-looking twin died first
Number of studies that have examined the association between low grip strength and premature mortality
Times by which one’s chance of dying or suffering a significant disability within six years increases if one cannot walk a quarter-mile
Percentage of people 100 and older who have had a history of significant age-related disease after age 80
Percentage of people 110 and older who have had such disease after age 80 — suggesting that these people might share an underlying biological similarity that those who don’t live that long do not